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PA Lawmakers Move to Overturn Philly Sick Leave Ordinance

April 16, 2015 03:03
by Lori Armstrong Halber
On Tuesday (April 14, 2015), the Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill that would invalidate Philadelphia's new mandatory paid sick-leave ordinance, which is scheduled to go into effect on May 13, 2015. Mayor Nutter finally signed the Philly ordinance on February 12, 2015, after vetoing similar legislation in 2011 and 2013. Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair), who sponsored the state bill, called Philadelphia's sick-leave law "a mistake." Philly’s sick leave ordinance requires businesses wit...

Pennsylvania | Philadelphia | Paid Sick-Leave

New Protected Classification? | Congressional Action is in the Pipeline

April 14, 2015 00:15
by Gregory D. Hanscom
Unless you were completely ignoring the news over the past couple of weeks, it was difficult to miss the debate spurred by the religious freedom bills that were passed in both Indiana and Arkansas. This nationwide debate refocused attention on what many people believe to be pervasive discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As this debate was ongoing, many people (lawyers and non-lawyers alike) were surprised to learn that sexual orientation and ...

Antidiscrimination Statutes

A Double Whammy for American Business

March 31, 2015 23:58
by Rick Grimaldi
Today, business in this country got a double dose of bad news when, first the President vetoed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act that sought to block implementation of the National Labor Relations Board's controversial amendments to its regulations for processing union representation cases, and the National Labor Relations Board decided the “mother” of all social media cases. The Senate March 4 adopted the resolution of disapproval (S.J. Res. 8) by a 53-46 vote a...

National Labor Relations Board | Facebook

Congress Has Spoken Mr. President – No Quickies

March 19, 2015 05:50
by Lori Armstrong Halber
In the words of House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), “Today, Congress voted to stop an unelected board of bureaucrats from trampling on the rights of America’s workers and job creators.” The House voted today to join the Senate and send a resolution to President Obama blocking the National Labor Relations Board’s Ambush Election Rule, implemented on December 12, 2014 and scheduled to take effect next month, on April 14, 2015. Euphemis...

NLRB

Shifting Landscape: The Evolving Definition of Joint Employers

March 18, 2015 22:38
by Gregory D. Hanscom
The National Labor Relations Board and various union-backed organizations are ratcheting up efforts aimed at changing the landscape of who qualifies as a joint employer. Right now, these aggressive efforts are most pronounced in the franchise industry where the NLRB and other organizations continue to push an agenda of making franchisors, McDonald’s for example, joint employers with franchisees. As part of this ongoing campaign, the NLRB’s general counsel issued a ruling finding t...

Legislation | NLRB

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Governor of Wisconsin Signs “Right to Work” Bill

March 11, 2015 00:09
by Christina Michael
On Monday morning, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed the “right to work” bill, which was passed by the Wisconsin State Assembly on Friday, March 6th. Governor Walker’s signature makes Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a “right to work” law. State “right to work” laws permit workers to choose not to join or pay fees to a union. Wisconsin’s law takes effect immediately, but collective bargaining agreements currently in place will not be im...

Wisconsin | Right to Work

New York AG Proposes Legislation Regulating Payroll Cards.

February 19, 2015 23:59
by Jason A. Storipan
Following his office’s 2013 investigation into payroll cards and release of a report on the issue in 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently sent legislation regarding the use of payroll cards by employers to pay employees to the Legislature for consideration and action. A payroll card is a debit card used by employers to pay employees’ wages in lieu of payment by paper check or direct deposit. Each payday, the employer deposits an employee’s wages electron...

New York | Legislation

Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is Part of a Larger Trend Toward Local Government Action

February 19, 2015 00:50
by Joesph Gagnon
Citing the absence of federal action, an increasing number of states and cities are enacting statutes and ordinances providing for greater workplace protections than those afforded by federal laws such as Title VII and the FMLA. This can create heightened compliance burdens for employers, as municipal governments are creating inconsistent obligations for businesses operating in more than one city. Occasionally, legislatures and city councils lack clear popular support for their action, leading...

Equal Rights Ordinance | Houston

Legal Protection for Interns on Its Way to NJ Soon?

February 16, 2015 00:26
by Jason A. Storipan
Last month the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee approved the New Jersey Intern Protection Act and sent it to the whole Assembly for a vote. The bill approved by the Assembly Labor Committee was passed by the Senate in June of 2014 and now awaits a vote by the Assembly. The bill if passed would extend certain legal protections under the Law Against Discrimination, New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (also known as CEPA), New Jersey’s whi...

New Jersey | Interns | Legal Protection

New Jersey's "Ban the Box" Law: FAQs for Employers

February 3, 2015 06:59
by Joseph W. Ambash
The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, better known as “Ban the Box,” will go into effect in less than a month, making this a great time for employers to review their employment applications and hiring procedures to ensure that they will be in compliance with the new law. The following Frequently Asked Questions will help employers get up to speed on the law’s requirements. Read more.

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